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Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

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Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

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Labor moves to force councils to fluoridate water

On Tuesday, Labor introduced legislation in the NSW Parliament to create tough new fluoride laws it claims would ‘override the anti-fluoride movement’ and effectively force councils like Byron Shire to fluoridate their water.

Iron Gates master plan goes on exhibition

The state government has given permission for a proposed development at Evans Heads’ controversial Iron Gates site to go on public exhibition, despite a previous development on the same site being overturned by the Land and Environment Court.

Activist warns of legal action over Iron Gates

He's done it once, and now vowed to do it again. Lismore activist Al Oshlack has put Richmond Valley Council on notice that he will launch legal action to stop a proposed residential development at the Iron Gates site in Evans Head.

Rous Water threatens fluoride activist with legal action

Rous Water has threatened anti-flouride critic Al Oshlack with legal sanctions if he continues to speak against the the fluoridation of the region’s water supply. The threat comes as Ballna shire councillor Jeff Johnson has announced he will lodge a notice of motion at next week’s council meeting calling for a community poll on fluoridation.

Activists vow to blockade fluoride plants

Anti-fluoride campaigners are vowing to blockade dosing plants when Rous Water staff begin adding fluoride to local water supplies.

Iron Gates developer asked for more information

Richmond Valley Council has asked for more information in relation to a development application for the controversial Iron Gates site at Evans Head.

Activist takes aim at Evans Head development

Approval of any development at the Iron Gates site at Evans Head would condone the clearing of native vegetation without permission, according to environmental campaigner Al Oshlack.

Real estate backs Iron Gates with $1,000 offer

In a move described as 'bravado', an Evans Head real estate agent has begun taking $1,000 down-payments on residential blocks in the proposed $11.5 million Iron Gates development.

Activist vows to fight Evans Head development

A long-time opponent of development at the Iron Gates site at Evans Head has vowed to challenge a new proposal to develop 178 residential lots on the land.

Councillor keen to chase fluoride activist

Despite failing in her attempt to have Byron Shire water fluoridated, Cr Di Woods, who is also the new deputy chair of Rous Water, will support seeking legal costs from anti-fluoride activist Al Oshlack.

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As Byron Council used to have...

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine.